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Stockton, CA Reverses Water Privatization

Stockton, California City Council Reverses Water Privatization It Passed Over Widespread Local Opposition

VIDEO – AUDIO – TRANSCRIPT
Democracy Now! broadcast Aug. 1, 2007

We end with a major victory for the opponents of water privatization. In 2003, the City Council of Stockton, California ignored overwhelming public opposition to approve a $600 million dollar, 20-year water privatization agreement. The deal gave a multinational consortium full control over the city’s water, sewage, and stormwater systems. But two weeks the council reversed the position and voted unanimously to resume control of its water utilities. We speak with Alan Snitow, co-director of an award-winning PBS documentary on water privatization and co-author of “Thirst: Fighting the Corporate Theft of our Water.”

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